madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 Bottled @ RBESG2005: Dark amber coloured. Almonds, vineous, cocoa and spices in the aroma. Flavour is sweet ans spiced. Some citrus and caramel is present. Is quite young, and will probably be better in one or 2 years. Tried it dec. 2006. More smooth, mellow and vineous than the 1. time I tried it. Very sherrylike, like I often find the Vintage ale to be after some years on the back. Would consider this and 3,9 - 4.0 at the present stade. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle. Some madeira qualities. Nutty caramel/toffee flavours. Touchy of vanilla and wood, some citrus from the hops. NOt as complex as the 2002, but still nice all the same. Rich, yet smooth mouthfeel. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2005
bolttle #31435.another gem from mark. there are many in texas who have sung your praises and i myself bowed in your general direction at some point in the evening as a sign of my appreciation. light brown with a light head. aroma is peppery cold cut smelling and the alcohol is prevalent. taste is raw sugar cane tasting with a noticeable hay and earth hop taste. this tastes like a new tent smells before your brother smokes a bowl in it. nice beer but raw. i dshould have laid this down for a year or so, but i did not have the will to do so. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle, No. 31435) Pours an amer body with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and plastic. Flavor of mild hops and sweet malt. Could use some more aging. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured hazy amber with thin tan head...smell is smoked meat and greasy...all around sweet followed up with a mild bitterness...alcohol was a little more apparent in this...
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle #31435. Nose smells very similar to fresh vinyl. Smells like a newly unfolded vinyl tent. Medium bitterness with a low to medium malty bitterness. Thanks to maelb and Kevin 42. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Bottle #31435. Vegetal, musty, green, caramel, more smoky aroma (compared in vertical to 1999, 2002, 2004 vintages). Also a brand-new poncho vinyl edge. Very drinkable, nevertheless, as the flavors are more sympathetic renditions, with some fruit and typical caramel complements. Orange with reddish huges, good head. Not as rich but a soft carbonation doesn’t intrude. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle #27154:MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Clear amber coloured body with no head at all. Aroma of nice pit fruit, grapes and toffee. Medium-bodied; Nice full sweet taste with pit fruit and a good mild bitter malt flavour. Overall, a nice beer - a bit stronger and harsher than 2002, but still a damn good beer! I sampled this beer from a 50 cL bottle after the RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia at Mike’s (the_beer_god) hotel room on 20-November-2004.
Bottle 14999. Thanks to Spiesy for getting me this last year. Enjoyed at room temperature. Pours a deep amber with bits of red. Large beige head. Very big malty aroma, raisins, prunes. Taste is a little hot from the alcohol. I wanted to save this for a few years but didn’t. Perhaps the alcohol would have toned down a bit. Sweet initially followed by a mildly bitter finish. Taste is dark fruity. Still a very good drink. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 First of all, apologies to those at the DC gathering who missed out on this. It had always been my intention to bring it along, but I didn’t manage to get a bottle before I left the UK, so my other half picked it up and brought it over to the US. Unfortunately, due to flight delays, she didn’t arrive until after the main event had finished. As for the beer, first the negative. In common with some other vintages of this beer, I find the malts a bit grainy and undeveloped. Perhaps a bit more bottle age would sort that out. Apart from that niggle, it’s a rather impressive beer. There’s plenty of hop presence, as well as the malts, in the aroma. There’s a lot going on in the flavours. Chewy malt (obviously), plummy fruit, raisins, licorice, orange marmalade, herbs. And plenty of hop bitterness to lend some balance. However, like others I think that more patience would have allowed to flavours to integrate more seamlessly. Still a classy beer.